Please note that conditions can change rapidly--what you encounter on the trail may be somewhat different from what you read here. Be mindful of winter weather and plan ahead for associated hazards when traveling. Information from the USFS regarding gate, trailhead and road closures can be found here. The information below is collated mainly from trail user reports. If you are out on the trail and have updates to any of the information below we would love to receive them.
Barker Pass to Tahoe City: The road to the Barker Pass Trailhead is still gated. Trail between Barker Pass and Ward Creek will still have snow on all north facing aspects. The trail between Ward Creek to Tahoe City is mostly clear and only has some minor snow patches remaining. The trail near Granlibakken and Tahoe City is the lowest area of the trail and is a good option for folks looking for early season hikes. (4/21/2014)
Tahoe City to Brockway: From Tahoe City heading east the trail is mostly clear to the Cinder Cone then patchy snow. No reports regarding Watson Lake snow conditions but TRTA expect snow in the area for a few more weeks. The area around Tahoe City is the lowest area of the trail and is a good option for folks looking for early season hikes. (4/18/2014)
Brockway to Mt. Rose: This is the highest section of the Tahoe Rim Trail and snow is still visible on the ridgeline from the Tahoe Basin. The TRTA expects significant snow amounts to remain in areas on the trail for another few weeks near Relay Ridge, Mt. Houghton, and Mt. Rose. (4/19/2014)
Tahoe Meadows to Spooner: Patchy snow cover in most areas with significant areas of snow coverage on north facing aspects. For information on the Flume Trail and the bike shuttle please call 775-298-2501. For Spooner Backcountry conditions from the State Park click here.
Spooner to Kingsbury North: Since this section is on the east side of the Tahoe Basin, it receives less snow and is one of the first TRT segments to completely clear of snow and is therefore good option for early season trail users. Currently there is still snow at the Spooner South Trailhead which continues south along much of the trail to South Camp Peak. On the other side of this segment the trail is clear for approximately two miles headed north from the Kingsbury North Trailhead. (4/21/2014)
Daggett System Trails:
Kingsbury South to Big Meadow: Sections of this segment are at very high elevation and run through the ski area. Expect significant snow on these higher elevation sections and north facing sections. (4/19/2014)
Big Meadow to Echo Summit: The trail heading up to Big Meadow towards Echo Summit has some patchy snow cover. The meadow is currently very wet. Past the meadow snow coverage starts as you leave the meadow and enter the tree cover. (4/19/2014)
Echo Lakes to Barker Pass: This section of trail receives significantly more snow then the east side of the TRT. Even with the low snow year, expect significant snow on this section of trail for several more weeks. Lower portions of this segment from Barker Pass south towards Richardson will melt out earlier. The gates going up Barker Pass road are currently closed. Lake Echo Chalet (and the water taxi) is closed.
For information on permits and rules for hiking/backpacking on the Tahoe Rim Trail, please go to Using the Trail.